NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been keeping a bit of a low profile as of late, as him and his family continue to both physically and emotionally heal from a frightening plane crash on August 15.
But on Wednesday (August 21,) Earnhardt broke his silence when he replied to a fan’s tweet asking the driver if he was still planning to come out of retirement to race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway on August 31.
And in that one tweet, we began to realize some of the things that Earnhardt has been dealing with physically during the past week.
“I plan on driving still,” he wrote. “My lower back is bruised up real bad. Lots of swelling and I just need that to go down and the pain to chill out. I been treating the area every day solely to get well to race. I have a plan B but hope not to use it.”
Yes. I plan on driving still. My lower back is bruised up real bad. Lots of swelling and I just need that to go down and the pain to chill out. I been treating the area every day solely to get well to race. I have a plan B but hope not to use it. https://t.co/O1J7jZU4kR
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 22, 2019
Fans will recall that the plane crash occurred last week as Earnhardt’s plane was attempting to land at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee. Onboard the aircraft was not only Earnhardt, but also his wife Amy, their daughter Isla, their family dog Gus and two pilots.
Dale released a statement regarding the crash five days after the incident occurred.
“Amy and I want to thank everyone who has lifted us up with phone calls, messages and prayer since last Thursday,” read a statement shared on Earnhardt’s Instagram page on Monday (August 19.) “We are truly blessed that all on board escaped with no serious injuries, including our daughter, our two pilots and our dog Gus. With respect to the investigation, we will not be speculating or discussing the cause of the accident. I am thankful for the quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement, emergency personnel and hospital staff. Lastly, Amy and I continue to be very appreciative of the privacy extended to us to process everything. It has been important to do that together and on our own time.”
Since the accident, the family has been spending some much-needed time at home together, ensuring that both their physical and emotional wounds heal in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Here’s to hoping everyone is feeling better very soon!